In the world of performance trucks, the 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Rumble bee Edition Second Swarm holds a unique place. A reincarnation of sorts, the Rumble bee pays homage to heritage special-edition ram models of the past such as “Li’l Red Express”, echoing its standout styling and the adrenaline-pumping performance that was a signature trait of its predecessor. This beast of a truck, splashed with a riot of solar yellow and black, is the perfect marriage of raw power and tasteful aesthetics.
What sets the Rumble bee Edition apart is its careful balance of muscle car performance and everyday usability. Powered by a mighty HEMI V8 engine, this model offers the same brawn that muscle car enthusiasts crave, albeit without being as extreme as the Viper motor-powered SRT10 model. Yet, its performance is nothing short of impressive, making it a fan favorite among the performance truck and muscle car communities.
The Rumble bee Edition is more than just a throwback to an era when muscle cars roamed the earth. It is a celebration of a style that is still very much alive and flourishing – performance trucks. With its distinct design, muscular performance, and the rareness that comes with a limited run, it is a muscle car in a pickup’s body, a machine that demands respect and admiration.
The 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Rumble bee Edition: An Overview
Based on the Dodge Ram 1500, the Rumble bee Edition takes the already capable truck to another level. According to Car and Driver, the truck was equipped with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that churned out a healthy 345 HP and 375 foot-pounds of torque. This potent engine ensured that the Rumble Bee was not just a looker, but also a performer. With the characteristic rumble of a muscle car emanating from its exhaust, it was more than capable of living up to its name.
“The Rumble Bee package is a limited sport-truck version of the Ram. It was available only on regular-cab/short-box pickups; however, some other versions of the Ram were modified to look like Rumble Bees. – Wikipedia
As Top Gear puts it, the Rumblebee was a true “sport-truck” version of the Ram 1500, decked out in either black with solar yellow trim or yellow with black trim. It sported an aggressive stance, accentuated by lower body cladding, 20″ wheels, and a menacing hood scoop. Inside, an SLT interior was specially trimmed with yellow dashboard and door panel inserts, and a serialized number plate added to its exclusivity.
The 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Rumble bee Edition Second Swarm was more than just a handsome truck. Underneath the distinctive yellow and black paint job was a vehicle engineered for performance. The centerpiece was the 5.7 HEMI V8 engine that packed 345 HP and 375-foot pounds of torque. This potent engine was mated to a smooth transmission, ensuring that the truck was as fast as it was furious.
The interior of the truck was no less remarkable. With yellow trim on the dash and door panel, the interior was as distinctive as the exterior. Bee decals on the interior added a finishing touch to the truck’s sporty character.
How Many Were Produced?
The Rumblebee Edition was a limited run model. In 2004, Dodge made only 3,700 units, while in 2005, 5,000 units were manufactured. This brings the total production count to 8,700 trucks, each one as unique as a fingerprint.
Enter #3153: Anthony’s RB Edition Second Swarm
Anthony, owner of the 3153rd Rumble Bee produced in 2005, has made some tasteful modifications to his already special truck. The first thing that catches the eye are the 22-inch SRT-10 wheels wrapped in 275/35/22 tires. They lend a meaner stance to the truck, ensuring it has the grip to match its grunt.
To further enhance the aggressive demeanor, the truck is lowered, thanks to a 5/8 static drop. This modification gives the truck a more planted look, without compromising on its usability.
Inside, Anthony has chosen to upgrade the interior with carbon parts. This gives an added touch of sportiness to the yellow-trimmed cabin.
Under the hood, the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 breathes easier thanks to a K&N Cold Air Intake, while the Carven exhaust enhances the truck’s signature rumble. These mods ensure that the Rumblebee doesn’t just turn heads, but also stings with its performance.
Specs & Mods:
This truck is #3153 of 5000 produced in 2005
- 5.7L HEMI V8 – 345 HP and 375-foot pounds of torque
- 22” inch SRT-10 wheels on 275/35/22 tires
- 5/8 static drop
- Carbon interior parts
- Yellow trim on dash and door panels
- Bee decals
- K&N Cold Air Intake
- Carven exhaust
The 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Rumble Bee Edition Second Swarm, especially Anthony’s modified specimen, epitomizes what performance trucks stand for: a perfect blend of muscle car thrills and pickup practicality. It’s not just a tribute to a storied lineage, but a testament to the enduring allure of American muscle.
Much like its namesake, the Rumble Bee buzzes with power and aggression, and is just as at home on the open road as it is at a local car show, leaving a lasting impression wherever it goes. As they say, this truck doesn’t just rumble, it roars!
Watch the progress and find out more about this Dodge Ram 1500 project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @5.7_anthony!
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